Bucks members just miss cut in Open qualifying
BUCKS Butt was one of 1,200 golfers playing at 13 UK courses this week and aiming to secure one of the 87 places that were up for grabs in the final qualifying event, which will take place on Tuesday. Butt shot a one-over 71 to finish tied 17th at the Sandy Lodge club, in Hertfordshire. Beaconsfield GC’s Michael Sanders finished further down the order, in tied 60th, after his seven-over 77 on the same course. Butt’s Bucks clubmates Rymer Smith and Patrick Blunt also took part in Monday’s qualifying event, on different courses, with Smith finishing tied 68th after a six-over 78 at the Frilford Heath club in Oxfordshire and Blunt just one shot short of a play-off for the final qualifying berth at Burhill, in Waltonon-Thames, as he finished tied 10th after a par-72 finish. Gerrards Cross GC pair Jack Haines and Lewis Atkinson were also in action at Frilford Heath, along with 1999 Portuguese Open winner Van Phillips. While the 45-year-old Phillips finished joint top and qualified for Tuesday’s contest, Haines also missed out as his one-over 73 left him one shot short of the mammoth, ten-man play-off for the final qualifying berth, eventually finishing tied 18th. Atkinson’s two-over 74 saw him finish tied 29th in a tight contest. HAREWOOD
The ProAm hosted a large field and was won by Alex Lodge from Calcot Park with a four-under par 65. Billy Hemstock, from BeaverBrook Golf Club and last year’s winner, came second with a par 69.
Captain’s day had a massive entry of more than 150 members on a beautiful hot day. The morning winner was Ryan Rooke, with 38 points, followed by Bob Clift in second place with 37. The afternoon winner was Matthew McGrory with 39 points, followed by Nigel Jackson and Ed McEwen, tied on 37.
Lady captain’s day was won by Tracy Searson, Kathy Fraser and Paula Day with 82 points and equal second, with 81 points, were Gina HEATHERTON
The Chiltern Harriers-hosted event, at Chesham Leisure Centre and Chesham Grammar School, saw children aged eight to 16 compete in a ‘taster’ junior triathlon involving swimmingwimming lengths of the leisure centreentre pool and cycling and running nning around the school fields. elds.
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As schools across England had to compete in qualifying rounds to reach the finals, taking part in the gala in South Yorkshire was a huge achievement.
Maltman’s Green’s Helen Szostak, Haniya Glazebrook, Izzy Bach and Zoe Holligan reached the freestyle and medley relays.
On a hot and humid day, Maltman’s Green quickly made up for a slow, nervous start with the girls making the B final of the freestyle relay, which they won, and beginning to swim more like their best. ce for Year 6 pupil Ashby against athletes from the year above. “I am so impressed with the commitment the Heatherton girls and their families show,” said Heatherton PE teacher Caroline Adams. “I run a hugely popular triathlon club with my colleague Sandra Barden, and these results are testament to the hard work the girls have put in. It was a brilliantly run event and great experience for all Chiltern athletes.”
With the quartet on a roll, a few words of encouragement saw them hit their best form.
The school’s stronger event was the medley relay and not only did Maltman’s Green reach the A final but they excelled themselves and won bronze.
The school swimming co-ordinator, Judith Foster, said: “It was a fitting conclusion to a splendid season for Maltman’s.
“Throughout the year every girl involved in swimming has never given less than her best in whichever competition we have participated.
“The Year 6 performance [at Sheffield] was the best they produced all year.
“The girls deserved every success.”